Burdens of Extraction: The Growing Coal Mining Industry in Australia's Hunter Valley Wine Region

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Farmers and small town residents grapple with the pressures of…

Map: Annual Australian Water Use By Individual States and Territories

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Agriculture is the largest water user in Australia. Where do…

Photo Slideshow: Australia's Agriculture and Energy

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The scale and rapid development of the nation's coal seam gas industry is changing the social fabric of the country’s small towns and farming regions, which have become protest centers.
Australia Liverpool Plains Mullaley New South Wales farm farmers irrigation food production drought energy coal seam gas water supply

Australia's Agriculture and Energy Sectors Clash Over Water

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Rural culture and the industrial economy are at odds. Photo…

Draft Plan for Australia's Murray-Darling Reignites Old Flames

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After the 20-week public consultations ended last week, three key basin states have rejected the proposed plan, and more than 60 Australian academics have slammed the document for neglecting to include climate change projections and for its lack of transparency.

Photo Slideshow: Australia's Coal and Gas Boom Boosted By Asian Demand

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Massive hydrocarbon production has created worries over water use and pollution as the "Down Under" nation rises to the top of global exporters.
A coal loader eats away at a mountain of black coal at the Port of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. In 2011, the mines, trains, and coal loading terminals here shipped about 114 million metric tons of coal on about 1,000 freighters, bringing billions of dollars in export earnings.

Global Energy Demand Driving Australia's Coal and Gas Export Boom

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International demand and new technologies push nation to the top for hydrocarbon exports. But massive production has also created worries over water.

Water News: What's Ahead in 2012

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News headlines are often dominated by the big, unexpected events…

From Coal Seam to Fracking, Unconventional Gas Industry Faces Opposition in Australia and South Africa

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As an energy boom, propelled by natural gas, continues to gather steam, mining and drilling companies square off with landowners around the globe over who has the right to resources that are located deep below ground.

United Nations Stalemates on Climate Change and Security

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Climate change became a hot-button issue at a recent U.N. Security…
Wastewater Recycled for Drinking Water

Wastewater Recycled for Drinking: Low Water Reserves Prompt Australian Push

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On Australia’s western coast, the city of Perth is in critical danger of depleting the water reserves held by its dams. In response, the government is pumping treated wastewater into the Gnangara Mound Aquifer.

Australia Builds Desalination Plants and Pipelines to Bring Water to Mines

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To feed water-hungry mining industries, similar plans are in the works to supply drought-ridden regions of Australia and China.